The foreign ministers of Japan and Malaysia agreed July 10 that rebuilding the coalition between feuding parties in Cambodia is critical to end the political crisis there.

Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda and his Malaysian counterpart, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, exchanged views on Cambodia by telephone early July 10 before the start of an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The meeting, held in Kuala Lumpur, was held to discuss whether Cambodia should be admitted into ASEAN later this month as scheduled. Malaysia currently chairs the regional group.

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